Perennial Border Plants To Brighten Your Garden Beds

Easy to grow perennial border plants will add bold color and year-round interest to your garden. List of herbaceous perennial shade plants. The best tall perennials for sun. Buy all types of discount perennial garden plants online.

Perennial border plants.

Easy care perennials are a gardener's best friend. Most perennial plants live for many years, sleeping through the winter and returning each spring. There is no need to repurchase and replant every year as you must with annuals.

Because they multiply and spread as the years go by, divisions can be used to fill new garden beds or traded with neighbors or friends. This makes perennial border plants economical as well as versatile.

Unlike trees and shrubs, which eventually become too big to move, perennials need to be dug up and divided every few years. This gives you the opportunity to "rearrange" your garden furniture.

Planning and Planting a
Perennial Border

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You don't have to spend days planning a perennial bed. Unless you want to.

For some gardeners the planning is as much fun as the planting. If you fall into this category, don't let me ruin your fun. For those of you who, like myself, dread the very thought of having to "design" a garden bed; there's an easier way.

Once you've decided where the bed or border is going to be and prepared the soil, just focus on the tallest plant. This is the plant that will be placed at the back of the border or in the center of the bed if you're planting a bed which can be viewed from all sides. This tall perennial will be the centerpiece of the planting. Decide which plant to use and how many of them you will need. Buy and plant these.

Now, you're looking at something and not just trying to image what it might look like in your head. Some people can imagine what two plants that are not in front of them will look like together. I don't have that gift.

Buy Beautiful Perennial Border Plants:

'Loyalist' Hosta is drought tolerant.
Hosta - Loyalist
Award winning hollyhock 'Spring Celebrities Crimson'
Hollyhock - Peaches 'n Dreams
Black Iris
Iris, Black

I need to see the plants together. I'm not embarrassed to confess that I've run outside with a plant catalog in my hand on many occasions. By holding the picture of the plant I'm dreaming about up beside an actual plant in my border, I can get a better idea of how the two will blend.

Or clash.

Once you decide on what you think would look nice in front of the tallest plant, buy that, bring it home and set the pot where you're planning to plant it. Stand back and look at the combination.

When you're sure you really like it, plant the new arrival. Then, go back to the nursery and get the number of plants you need to fill out your planting scheme.

Continue this process until the entire bed is planted.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

The following is a list of perennial plants divided by height. 

There is a list of perennial flowers divided by color, here.

Tall Perennial Border Plants
4 Feet+

Perennial Plants for Sale:

Bi-color Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Bush, Bi-Color
Tall Phlox 'David'
Phlox, David Jumbo Tall
'Lord Baltimore' Hardy Hibiscus
Lily, Towering Lavon

List of the best and fastest growing perennial flowers for the back of the border.

Tall Phlox - sun

Perennial Sunflowers - sun

Butterfly Bush - sun

Delphiniums - sun

Echinacea 'Ruby Star' - sun

Joe-Pye Weed - sun

Sneezeweed - sun

Middle of the Border Perennials
2-4 Feet Tall

Discount Perennial Border Plants:

Foxglove 'Candy Mountain'
Foxglove - Candy Mountain
Torch Lily, Kniphofia uvaria
Torch Lily
Black Eyed Susans
Black Eyed Susan

The easy-to-grow perennial garden plants listed here will add color and drama to your landscape for years to come.

Foxgloves - sun

Torch Lily - sun

Hardy Lady Slipper - shade

Firecracker Plant - sun, tender

Shrimp Plant - sun, shade, tender

Plumbago - sun, shade, tender

Phlox - sun

Daylilies - sun, part shade

Arkansas Amsonia - sun, shade

French Hydrangea - sun, part shade

Hardy Chrysanthemum - sun

Moccassin Flower - shade

Black Eyed Susan - sun

Double Decker Coneflower - sun

Echinacea 'Harvest Moon' - sun

Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' - sun

Mexican Hat - sun

Regal Geraniums - sun, part shade, tender

Mexican Petunia - sun, shade, tender

Lupins - sun

Perennial Edging Plants
2 Feet or Shorter

Cheap Perennial Border Plants:

Pink Cranesbill Geranium
Geranium, Hardy Pink
Giant Primrose
Primrose, Giant
Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'
Dianthus - Raspberry Swirl

These perennial flowering plants will shine at the front of the garden bed. You can't beat Dianthus for perennial shade plants with color.

Petunia surfinia is a cascading flowering plant you can use as a groundcover or in a container garden.

Other low-growing perennial garden plants:

Hardy Geraniums - sun

Primrose - sun

Petunia surfinia - sun, tender

Amsonia tabernaemontana - sun, part shade

Dwarf Daylilies - sun, part shade

Shasta Daisy - sun, part shade

Sweet Williams - shade

Cheddar Pinks - sun

Carnations - sun, tender

Zing Rose Dianthus - part shade

Fern Peony - sun

Fall Mums - sun

Perennial Ground Cover Plants

Order Ground Cover Plants Here:

Creeping Phlox
Phlox, Creeping
Black Mondo Grass grows to 10 inches.
Grass - Black Mondo
Ajuga reptans forms a weed blocking mat.

Use perennial ground cover plants to spread a blanket of foliage over bare patches in sun or shade. They are also useful for preventing soil erosion on banks.

Lantana - sun, tender

Ivy - shade

Irish Moss - sun

Asparagus Fern - sun, shade, tender, invasive

Blue Festuca Grass - sun

Houttuynia - sun, part shade

Pachysandra terminalis - heavy shade, deer resistant

Daylilies - sun, part shade

Perennial Xeriscape Plants

Buy Perennial Border Plants:

Yucca filamentosa 'Adam's Needle'
Yucca, Adam's Needle
Blue Festuca Grass
Grass, Blue Festuca
Blue Beaked Yucca rostrata in bloom.
Buy Blue Beaked Yucca

A list of hardy perennial plants for your dry sun or dry shade garden.

Ruellia Humilis - sun, shade

False Red Yucca - sun

Festuca Grass - sun, salt tolerant

Yucca filamentosa - sun

Blue Beaked Yucca - sun

Blue Agave - sun, shade

Perennial Bulbs

Buy These Bulbs:

African Mask Elephant Ear
Elephant Ear, African Mask
Blue Eddy Allium is a fall blooming perennial
Allium - Millenium
'Sumatra' Oriental Lily
Lily, Sumatra

Some of the most striking perennial border plants grow from underground bulbs or tubers. Elephant Ears and Caladiums spring immediately to mind.Their boldly colored, large, tender leaves are truly attention-getting.

Other types of perennial border plants that grow from bulbs:

Tulips - sun

Firecracker Flower

Paper White Narcissus - sun, part shade

Lily of the Nile - sun, shade, most varieties are tender

Cyclamen - sun, shade

Oxalis triangularis - sun, shade

Oxalis stricta - shade

Swamp Lily - sun, shade

Canna - sun, part shade, tender

Perennial Climbing Plants

Great Deals on Perennial Vines:

Pink Bougainvillea Flowers
The purple flowers of Clematis jackmanii
Clematis - Jackmanii
Blue passionflower is hardy into zone 6.
Passion Flower, Blue

Climbing plants can be used to cover unattractive landscape features, to create a pleasant view or block an unpleasant one. Planting vines is a great way to add overhead color to your landscape design.

A list of climbing perennial border plants for sun and shade:

Bougainvillea - sun, tender

Clematis - sun, part shade

Creeping Fig Vine - sun, shade

Vining Roses - sun

Winter Jasmine - sun, shade

Star Jasmine - sun, shade, tender

Wisteria sinensis - sun

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